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Julian Wood

Julian Wood

Julian Wood

About Julian Wood

Julian works on our economics project, primarily examining regional development in New Zealand. With a Master’s in Social Science from Waikato University, Julian brings a depth of experience from his time working as a senior policy analyst for the Department of Labour, where he focused on labour market dynamics, minimum wage and employment legislation, regional development, business dynamics, and immigration.

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Julian Wood on the economy, employment and election promises


Last month we released senior researcher Julian Wood’s latest research paper on Active Labour Market Policies, looking at the ways…

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Creativity needed to support new jobs

By Julian Wood


In the economic battle against COVID-19, there was hope we might all “be home for Christmas;” a hope that wage…

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Asking the big questions on Social Insurance

By Julian Wood


Back in May the Government signalled its interest in exploring new forms of unemployment insurance saying: “we have an opportunity…

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Back To Work – Paper Release

Back To Work – Paper Release


We’ve recently released Julian Wood’s paper Back To Work, at the release we have had coverage over various media outlets….

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Policy Paper | Back to Work

By Julian Wood


Nations around the world are expecting low or negative growth and higher unemployment rates as a result of fighting COVID-19….

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Investing in a resilient workforce

By Julian Wood


When the Government closed New Zealand’s borders in response to COVID-19, flaws in our labour market were exposed. Not only…

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Government should save jobs by “plugging gaps” in council budgets

By Julian Wood


Auckland Council is forecasting a $525 million dollar hole in its budget as a result of COVID-19. It’s not alone….

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COVID-19 economic analysis – 20.05.2020

By Julian Wood


The following is an overview and commentary on economic information available from Treasury, the Reserve Bank, and the Government’s 2020/21…

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Invest in people alongside new infrastructure

By Julian Wood


The euphoria we are all feeling after entering Level 2 will be tempered by the pain of pay cuts and…

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COVID-19 economic analysis – 22.04.2020

By Julian Wood


Analysis of Treasury’s scenario forecasts (released 13 April) and weekly economic commentary (released 17 April), by Senior Researcher Julian Wood…

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Wellbeing Budget Debt Money

But now, who pays?

By Julian Wood


On Tuesday last week, the New Zealand Treasury outlined five economic scenarios that aimed to depict how the economy may…

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Charities to be squeezed on both sides

By Julian Wood


In an unprecedented move, last week the Government announced a $12.1 billion package to combat the economic impact of Covid-19….

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Migration Policy Paper: A Welcome That Works

By Julian Wood


Over the last 30 years, New Zealand has become over reliant on temporary work migration as a way to solve…

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A welcome that works

By Julian Wood


In the 90’s the regions cried out for workers to pick fruit, plant trees and generally do a range of…

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Good migration policy is about more than just jobs

By Julian Wood


Recent political posturing over partnership visas and arranged marriages is a troubling distraction that derails the real, necessary debates we…

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Review our reliance on temporary workers

By Julian Wood


New Zealanders are heavy users of temporary work migration, so it was disappointing that no-one seriously discussed this last week…

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Checking our climate blind spots

By Julian Wood


When it comes to emissions it is easy for us to obsess about factories and farmers as if these activities…

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economic downturn, economy, treasury, new zealand

Preparing for economic downturn

By Julian Wood


There’s been a lot of recent chat about a possible economic downturn, and many seem to be living under the…

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public private partnership

The pitfalls and priorities of Public Private Partnerships

By Julian Wood


New Zealand has a long and contentious history of private public partnerships (or PPPs). The biggest argument in favour of…

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climate change poster future

We can’t afford to sleep on climate risks any longer

By Julian Wood


The story of Rip Van Winkle, first published 200 years ago, resonates deeply with me. I too feel like I…

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